England boss Eddie Jones talks about Steve Borthwick's replacement - Ruck

England boss Eddie Jones talks about Steve Borthwick’s replacement

Steve Borthwick’s replacement Jason Ryles was set to join England from Melbourne Storm in November, but will now start later this month.

Borthwick, who worked alongside Eddie Jones in Japan, was the Aussies’ first appointment in 2015, but left to take over Leicester Tigers in June.


In that period England has won two Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2016, a 3-0 away Test series win against Australia in the same year, an unbeaten run of 18 matches equalling New Zealand’s record and finalists at this years’ Rugby World Cup in Japan. 

He also played a similar role on the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand in 2017 which saw the side draw the Test series against the All Blacks.

His replacement has been assistant coach of Melbourne since 2016 and helped them to Premiership success in 2017, two other grand final appearances as well as last season’s Minor Premiership. He was also assistant coach for the Junior Kangaroos in 2016 and 2017 and the New South Wales U20s State of Origin side in 2012. He has briefly spent time in recent seasons with England assisting Jones and his coaches.   


Jones said of compatriot Ryles: “He comes from a rugby league background and we feel what he can offer as a coach, particularly with the forwards around the ruck, will help us with the way the game is going.

“He’s going to join us a little earlier than first expected. All I know is that he can’t wait to get going.”

 Ryles added: “I am really excited about the opportunity to work in a world-class programme with the England national team and someone like Eddie with his experience is very appealing for me. It will be a real honour to work with some of the best coaches and so many quality England players.

The 2020 Autumn Nations Cup ‘absent XV’: Six Englishmen set to miss out

Fullback: Joey Carbery (Ireland)

The versatile playmaker will be out of action for “an indefinite period of time” as he continues to rehabilitate his injured ankle. It had been hoped that Carbery would return some time this month but he has been advised that the recovery from his ankle injury will take longer than expected

Winger: Liam Williams (Wales)

Williams has barely played since suffering a tournament-ending lower leg injury ahead of Wales’ Rugby World Cup semi-final with South Africa last year. Since joining the Scarlets he has not represented them and is battling a foot injury.

Centre: Manu Tuilagi (England)

Tuilagi hurt his achilles against Northampton Saints. He needed assistance to leave the field after injuring his left Achilles when he was hauled down by Saints defenders after a powerful run from inside his own 22. The 29-year-old left Franklin’s Gardens on crutches with Steve Diamond revealing it doesn’t look good.

Centre: Cory Allen (Wales)

The centre is a long-term absentee as he battles back from a serious knee injury. Allen damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and a cartilage while playing for the Ospreys against Ulster last September. He underwent surgery on the cartilage two weeks later, with the ligament problem requiring a subsequent reconstruction, his region indicated in a press statement at the time.

Winger: Will Addison (Ireland)

Ulster and Ireland have been dealt an injury blow after it was revealed that the versatile speedster has suffered a setback in recovering from a back injury and will be out for “several months”. Addison has undergone surgery on the problem, but Ulster have not stated a concrete return date.


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